7 Ways to Sunday Launches!
Lee Kvern’s much-anticipated new collection contains stories which revolve around humanity in all its flawed glory: an artist’s girlfriend dies by mistake; a mother holds surveillance on her son’s foray into drugs; a sibling’s jealousy toward her sickly brother; a father’s death; a mother’s fear for her unbridled, grade two son; a woman with a hijab in the modern world of Save-on groceries. An arborist, his wife and a Shar-Pei are in need of an attitude adjustment; a dying senior looks back over her life, her children, her lost love; RCMP and prostitutes come for tea on a Wednesday afternoon.
From the heartbreaking to hilarious, Lee Kvern has amassed a remarkable collection.
Manitoba Book Awards
300 Years of Beer, penned by local beer aficionados Bill Wright and Dave Craig, is up for three awards. The illustrated history is up for the Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott’s hit Stuck in the Middle is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. The Fall by Colleen Nelson is up for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. We hope to see Colleen as the two-time winner of this category (her first novel, Tori By Design, received the award in 2012)!
You can find all of the nominees on the Manitoba Writer’s Guild website. The Awards Ceremony takes place Sunday, April 27th at the West End Cultural Centre. Congratulations to all of those nominated for the Manitoba Book Awards!
Jan Andrews is on the CLA Shortlist
The Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlist for the Young Adult Book Award, and we are delighted to see The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley in this list of top 10 books.
The CLA Young Adult Book Award recognizes the author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction for readers age 13 to 18. Great Plains Teen Fiction sends congratulations to Jan Andrews and to all of the 2014 nominees. Bravo!
Spring List Coming Soon
Stuck back in Stock
Stuck in the Middle has been flying off the shelves of bookstores across Manitoba! Just a month after its release a reprint order was placed, and we are delighted to announce it is back in stock. Pick up your copy at your local bookstore today!
Our authors have been busy throughout the fall signing their books. Just a few signing remain before the holiday break. If you would like a signed copy of Colleen Nelson’s The Fall, she will be at McNally Robinson on Sunday, December 15th. In the store that day as well are Bill Wright and Dave Craig with 300 Years of Beer. You can still get a signed copy of Stuck in the Middle for the holidays – Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott will be in McNally Robinson on Saturday, December 14th and at the Forks Trading Company on December 21st.
Friend.Follow.Text garnering media buzz
Enfield & Wizenty’s Friend.Follow.Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline is a short fiction anthology that explores the intersection between social media and literature. Edited by Shawn Syms, the collection features writers from across Canada and the United States. Released just last month, Friend. Follow. Text. has already grabbed the attention of literary critics and readers. The book is available at fine book stores everywhere, and (of course!) as an ebook.
The Chicago Tribune printed a review in their weekend edition, which you can check out here!
“The use of social media allows for interesting structural choices with pieces using message board posts, IM conversations or Instagram photos to push the stories forward.” — Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune
“An impressive collection, with a number of stunning stories.” — Robert J. Wiersma,Quill & Quire
“A comprehensive exploration of all things online… For anyone striving to make sense of the experiences of ‘living online,’ Friend Follow Text is worth picking up.”
— Andrea Routley, Plenitude Magazine
“Stories inspired by… social media — tweets, emails, blogs, Facebook updates and the like…There is fun and novelty to be had.”
— Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
“The inventive forms share experiences a majority of people relate to today… For those of us who use social media all the time, and those who would rather stay away, there is at least one piece to strike anyone’s chord.”
— Kristen Nathan, Chicago Literati
Stuck in the Middle launches November 3rd!
A new book featuring photographs from Bryan Scott (Winnipeg Love Hate) and text by Bartley Kives (Winnipeg Free Press, A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba) launches on Sunday, November 3rd in the McNally Robinson Atrium.
Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg finds Bryan and Bartley exploring the geography, design and reputation of the only city they have ever truly known, loved and hated! Be sure to attend the launch to get signed copies of the book just in time for the holiday season.
Bryan and Bartley are in the midst of a media blitz: see them on Breakfast Television here!
Forest of Reading
Following on the heels of Jan Andrews’ Gold Medal Moonbeam win, Colleen Nelson’s The Fall has been shortlisted for the prestigious Forest of Reading White Pine Award.
Ontario teens will vote for the winning title, which will be announced in November. Congratulations Colleen!
Silent Summer wins Moonbeam Gold Medal
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews has been selected as a Gold Medal winner by the Moonbeam Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.
Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking. But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.
As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.